Nearly Half Of Canadians Oppose The Influx Of Migrants From US

Nick Mcbride
March 21, 2017

In the first two months of 2017 around 1,700 refugee claims were filed at the Canadian-US border, according to the Canada Border Services Agency.

Just over one-third of respondents (36 per cent) felt Canada should accept undocumented migrants and allow them to seek refugee status, while 48 per cent said they want to see an increase in deportations.

Almost half of Canadians want more illegal immigrants deported from their country, in part because of safety concerns, a March survey found.

WINNIPEG, Manitoba/OTTAWA Nearly half of Canadians want to deport people who are illegally crossing into Canada from the United States, and a similar number disapprove of how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is handling the influx, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Monday.

-Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has governed on a platform that has garnered global praise by refugee advocates for its welcoming stance.

Yet not all Canadians are supportive of Trudeau's immigration stance.

The same number of respondents suggested that the migrants should be sent back to the USA, while 36 percent said Canada should "accept these migrants" and allow them to apply for asylum.

A separate Reuters/Ipsos poll found Americans feel similarly about illegal immigration, with 50 per cent of adults supporting deportation.

CBC News reported last week that more than 200 asylum seekers from around the world have walked north across the Canadian province of Manitoba's shared border with North Dakota and Minnesota and into the town of Emerson, Manitoba, since the beginning of the year.

"There are so many people in the word who want to come in and go through the right channels", Greg Janzen, a leader of a border municipality that has dealt with hundreds of illegal crossers told Reuters.

Illegal migrants interviewed by Reuters in Canada said they had been living legally in the United States and had applied for asylum there.

"That's what's pissing most people off. These guys are jumping the border", he said.

"If people become convinced there's a large uncontrolled flow of illegal immigrants", he said, "I think that will be a very serious political issue for the government". On the other hand, 46 percent said that the migrants will make no difference for Canada and four percent said they would make Canada safer.

It seems Canadians have had enough with the hundreds of asylum seekers entering the country from the US.

"If they are found to be inadmissible without a valid claim, deportation procedures are begun", he said, adding that those who are believed to pose a risk can be detained.

A similar Ipsos poll from January showed that 59 percent of Canadians supported the prime minister's approach to the issue. It included responses from 1,001 people 18 years or older. The 2017 target for resettling refugees is 25,000, significantly lower than in 2016 when the country welcomed 44,800 refugees.

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